Definition of worsted in English:



  • 1mass noun A fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool.

    • ‘The spokesman added: ‘The worsted spinning side of the business will continue after the summer shutdown to complete existing customers' orders.’’
    • ‘The pattern calls for 100g of green worsted weight, and 100g of the Canadiana is 182 m (200 yards for my Yankee neighbours).’
    • ‘I'd use a DK weight yarn, though, because worsted might get a bit heavy.’
    • ‘The company has four units engaged in the production of worsted yarn at Secunderabad, Bulandshahar, UP, texturised yarn and grey fabrics and grey and dyed fabrics at Ludhiana (two units) and cotton and polyester viscose yarn at Baddi.’
    • ‘In addition to darning and plain sewing, she provided instruction in fancy needlework, tambouring, and embroidery in silk and worsted.’
    • ‘I don't have any DK weight yarn for the Ursule hat, but I have worsted, so I will be trying a test run of the Shining Star hat.’
    • ‘Local historian and Keighley News columnist Ian Dewhirst says the mill was built - at a cost of £25,000 - in the 1870s by manufacturer James Collingham, for machine combing and spinning worsted yarns.’
    • ‘It's definitely a worsted weight yarn, but I can't be entirely sure.’
    • ‘It supplies wool-based coloured tops, worsted yarns and fabric.’
    • ‘The ad says that people who buy into the discount plan get worsted weight yarn for $2.92.’
    • ‘And since you're using an Aran or worsted weight yarn, there are a lot of options for yarn - so it can be a relatively inexpensive sweater, or you can splurge without breaking the bank.’
    • ‘Botany/Merino wool is a fine wool made from worsted wool yarn.’
    1. 1.1 Fabric made from worsted yarn, having a close-textured surface with no nap.
      as modifier ‘a worsted suit’
      • ‘Addingham-based design company Adam Fisher Manufacturing Ltd, which designed suits for pop star Gareth Gates, has agreed to make a special suit from worsted cloth for the display.’
      • ‘The earliest quilts on colonial American beds were made of whole cloth, with the visual interest created by the quilting patterns highlighted by the gloss of the elegant fabrics, such as silk and glazed worsteds.’
      • ‘Fine Bradford worsteds are particularly prized and companies such as John Foster of England sell 60 per cent of their suitings in Japan.’
      • ‘So, if your heart is set on worsted wool and the pattern is designed for stretch knits only, you'll need to select another pattern.’
      • ‘They were more or less similar in dress with the dark grey worsted buttoned on the correct second button and a stiff collared white shirt, and shoed in the polished dark leather.’
      • ‘The final winner was Eriskay fabric, a worsted material with an unusual honeycomb texture, designed by Catherine Murray from Bute Fabrics.’
      • ‘The collection relies on coarser, ‘poor’ fabrics such as flannel and worsteds, while the lines are soft and comfortable to permit full freedom of movement.’
      • ‘She had grown up with worsted tunics and humble pies, not satin gowns and foreign delicacies.’
      • ‘Cotton technology spread to other textiles - speedily to Yorkshire worsteds, slowly to linen and wool.’
      • ‘In the new collection, men and women can also enjoy luxury fabrics such as combinations of silk and worsted, mohair, satin, lace, fur and leather.’
      • ‘A combination of factors has left Bradford manufacturers stunned by an unexpected upsurge of interest in Yorkshire worsteds and woollens.’
      • ‘This facility is producing fabrics with luxurious finishes in a range of worsted and synthetic fabrics for the moderate to better markets.’
      • ‘This year, ancient Italian men are wearing generously cut worsted suits, either with waistcoat or cardigan, in natural earth colours with muted checks.’
      • ‘Cheney was a worsted wool usually used for furnishings but sometimes for informal, at-home attire, which is exactly where banyans were worn.’
      • ‘Boys usually wore grey worsted shorts and grey flannel shirts, with the senior boys sometimes permitted to wear long trousers, a monogrammed school blazer, white shirt, sometimes with a starched collar, and school tie.’
      • ‘Wealthy people were able to dress and furnish their homes with cottons and silk-needlework textiles from India; woven and painted silks from China; silks, woolens, and worsteds from Great Britain; and fine linens from the Continent.’
      • ‘In the 14th and 15th centuries textile manufacture became the dominant industry, especially of cloths called worsteds after a local village.’
      • ‘The cloth, a lightweight charcoal grey worsted made with Extrafine merino wool, has been produced by top weaver Clissold.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, other product sectors of the market, such as performance synthetics and worsteds, weakened in 2000, offsetting the recovery in the denim market.’
      • ‘Overall the market is difficult but there's a lot of interest in our lightweight worsted suitings and jacketings for spring 2006.’


Middle English: from Worstead, the name of a parish in Norfolk, England.